Covid-19 cases reach 480, with 16 fatalities

30Apr 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Covid-19 cases reach 480, with 16 fatalities

CONFIRMED cases of coronavirus infections in the country have jumped to 480, with 16 fatalities and 197 recoveries, it was announced yesterday.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said in Dodoma that 174 of the 196 new cases are in Mainland Tanzania and 22 in Zanzibar.

“Out of 297 patients who are receiving treatment in various facilities, 283 are in stable condition while 14 have severe symptoms of the disease and are assisted to breathe through oxygen therapy,” he said.

As of Tuesday, about 644 individuals had been released from quarantine facilities after the mandatory 14 days and passing Covid-19 tests as negative. They were in border region facilities in Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kagera, Songwe, Kigoma and the capital, Dodoma, as well as Zanzibar.

Majaliwa called upon Tanzanians to ignore unofficial reports in social media that link deaths occurring here and there as all due to the coronavirus. Covid-19 is not the only disease that kills in Tanzania, the premier emphasized.

He also appealed to people to adhere to preventive measures recommended by experts namely observing social distancing and regular washing of hands or sanitizing.

The premier spoke while handing over 50 ambulances to some MPs to be used in labour referrals and patients with infectious diseases such as Covid-19.

Speaking at the event which took place at PMO premises, the minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu said that 18 of the vehicles have been allocated to regional referral hospitals and 32 to district hospitals and health centres.

As of yesterday, globally confirmed cases of Covid-19 surpassed 3.1m with over 200,000 fatalities and more than 960,000 recoveries. The US confirmed one million virus cases, making up almost a third of the total global tally and more than 58,000 deaths.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned yesterday that about half of all workers worldwide are in danger of having their livelihoods destroyed because of the pandemic.

Covid-19 has infected more than 3.1 million people around the world and killed nearly 220,000.

The ILO says those with informal work arrangements are most in danger, many are in the retail sector, manufacturing and food services.

Already, two billion informal workers have seen their wages fall by a global average of 60 per cent during the first month that the pandemic unfolded in their region.

"For millions of workers, no income means no food, no security and no future. Millions of businesses around the world are barely breathing,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

“They have no savings or access to credit. These are the real faces of the world of work. If we don’t help them now, they will simply perish,” he added.